These glaciers store water during the rainy season and release it as runoff in the dry season.
The glaciers are melting because snowfall is decreasing and temperatures are rising—bad news for wolverines.
The route gives spectacular views of Copper River, as well as the surrounding mountains, glaciers, and wild flowers.
India and Pakistan will face a crisis as the glaciers that feed the Indus River shrink and disappear.
Temperatures are rising, icecaps and glaciers are melting, and extreme weather is more frequent and intense.
The canyons are largely the work of rivers, modified by glaciers that ran through them after the rivers had formed them.
It was written among the glaciers and the solitudes of the Swiss mountains.
Elsewhere, the glaciers are short and broad, and with one exception, occupy shallow beds.
It was evidently not the land of fiords and glaciers for which Bjarni was looking.
The glaciers of the north-west peninsula also descend nearly to sea-level.
1744, from French glacier, from Savoy dialect glacière "moving mass of ice," from Old French glace "ice," from Vulgar Latin glacia (cf. Old Provençal glassa, Italian ghiaccia), from Latin glacies (see glacial).
A large mass of ice moving very slowly through a valley or spreading outward from a center. Glaciers form over many years from packed snow in areas where snow accumulates faster than it melts. A glacier is always moving, but when its forward edge melts faster than the ice behind it advances, the glacier as a whole shrinks backward.
A large mass of ice formed over many years that does not melt during the summer. Glaciers move slowly over an area of land such as a mountain valley.
Note: Glaciers exist in high mountains throughout the temperate zones and cover most of Antarctica. Glaciers recede during warm periods and can expand during cold periods, creating ice ages.
Note: A significant percentage of the water of the Earth is locked up in glaciers.